Visible Male/Female Differences
Males are larger than females
A woodland species which also occurs in
Rodents, hares, carrion, invertebrates, fruit and seeds,
birds up to the size of guinea fowl, reptiles. Frequently eats small quantities
of green grass as an aid to
Litters of 4-6 are born in
August-October after gestation of 57-70 days and weaned at 8-10 weeks. Sexually mature at 10
months. Young disperse at 11 months. Lifespan 10 years.
Behavior and Habits
Active at night, but also seen at dusk and in the early
morning. They shelter in heavy undergrowth, in holes in the ground, or crevices among
rocks. Side-striped jackals live in mated pairs but usually forage alone. Both parents
care for the pups and carry food in the mouth or regurgitate it.
A series of yaps, probably as a contact or spacing call.
and spoor are very similar to those of the black-backed
jackal. The the main pad of side-striped jackal spoor have a straighter back edge.